A motion filed by the minority to investigate President John Mahama for taking a Ford Expedition Vehicle as a gift from a Burkinabe Contractor Djibril Kanazoe has been dismissed.
Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho said the reason for which they are asking for a special committee is already before Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).
Mr. Doe Adjaho cited constitutional provisions and Supreme Court decision, contending that the matter was already being investigated by another constitutional body.
He therefore directed the clerk of Parliament to return the motion to the MPin whose name the motion was written.
Adom News’ Parliamentary correspondent, Abednego Asante Asiedu said the House is divided following the decision by the speaker.
He said whiles the Majortiy were hooting at their colleagues, the Minority MPs shouted “corruption”.
“The search indicated that there are three petitions currently before the Commission…” he stated, adding, the matter currently before CHRAJ is no different in shape or form from the motion brought by the Minority.
He quoted Articles 286 and 287 of the Constitution which gives CHRAJ the power to investigate matters of corruption and breach of code of conduct.
He also made reference to the judgment of the Supreme Court case in which Samuel Okudzeto and Dr Omane Boamah sued the late Jake Obetsebi Lamptey for abusing his office in his purchase of a state bungalow. .
Speaker Doe Adjaho in dismissing the motion, said the Commission had exclusive right to investigate matters relating conflict of interest and other related matters as pronounced by the Supreme Court.
“This House is bound by the interpretation of the Constitution by the Supreme Court,” he said.
“It is my view that CHRAJ is the institution vested with the exclusive authority to investigate the matter relating to the Ford gift,” the Speaker added.
“As speaker, I’m of firm belief that constitutional bodies must respect each other in order to avoid conflict,” he stressed.
He said based on Standing Order 79, he, per the powers vested in him “hereby directs the clerk to return the motion to the member in whose name it stands.”
“Since this is the matter that has brought us here I adjourn the house sine die”